Tag Archives: Wading Birds

A Spoonie Tree Full

We call it the Spoonie Tree because the Roseate Spoonbills often perch there, but it really is first come, first served and this year I’ve seen more Double-crested Cormorants than Spoonbills.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret

The Cormorants were just enjoying the sun and grooming, but the Spoonbills had a need to agitate.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret

Getting an image with all heads up didn’t work out that day.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorants, Snowy Egret

The Snowy Egrets came and went, mostly ignored by the others.

Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret
Roseate Spoonbills, Double-crested Cormorants, Snowy Egrets

January 16, 2020
Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC

Green Heron, Times Three

I walked a remote trail this morning along an old rice field canal and was happy to see a number of Green Herons. They were pretty skittish and I most were rear end views.

Green Heron in Limbs
Green Heron in Limbs

The majority of them were down closer to the water but this one was interested in something happening in another tree.

Green Heron
Green Heron

This is the same Heron as above, taken from the other side of the tree.

Green Heron
Green Heron

A Bird’s Gotta Eat

This Great Egret spent considerable time picking out this stick for his nest and finally took off.

Great Egret with Stick
Great Egret with Stick

He didn’t get far… I see something better!

Great Egret Stopping for Snack
Great Egret Stopping for Snack

Or a snack.

Great Egret Stopping for Snack
Great Egret Stopping for Snack

Snack swallowed and the stick hunting process starts again.

Great Egret Stopping for Snack
Great Egret Stopping for Snack

After picking up and discarding several options, he chose this modest stick to present to his mate.

Great Egret with Stick
Great Egret with Stick

March 18, 2020

Interloper Rebuffed

Great Egrets are trying to move in on the already nesting Great Blue Herons. This pair is not having it.

Great Egret Driven Off By GBH
Great Egret Driven Off By GBH

The GBH have at least one chick hatched in the nest at their feet.

Great Egret Driven Off By GBH
Great Egret Driven Off By GBH

One Great Blue took a stance over the chick while the other drove off the Great Egret.

Great Egret Driven Off By GBH
Great Egret Driven Off By GBH

The Great Egret didn’t go far, you can see him through the branches, and the parents stayed on alert.

Great Blue Herons in Nest
Great Blue Herons in Nest

March 10, 2020

Great Blue Heron Flying By

I saw this Great Blue Heron fly into the corner of the pond and expected to see him feeding.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

But he had other ideas and decided to fly back to his nest after just a minute or so.

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By

He lifted above the wind blown duck weed in no time.

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By

I was in a good spot in between to capture his flight to his nest on an island in the middle of the pond.

Great Blue Heron Flying By
Great Blue Heron Flying By, Water Spraying Off His Feet

Great Blue Heron Kerfuffle

These two Great Blue Herons flew onto the path all riled up about something, likely a territory dispute.

Great Blue Herons Puffed Up
Great Blue Herons Puffed Up

The one in the rear was advancing with a menacing posture. I got to the edge of the path and backed away from them, trying to let them do their thing.

Great Blue Herons Puffed Up
Great Blue Herons Puffed Up

Mr. Puffy veered off towards the pond on the left while The Strutter came closer to me.

Great Blue Herons Puffed Up
Great Blue Herons Puffed Up

Mr. Puffy, just seen through the greenery, continued towards the pond while The Strutter increased the distance between them before moving to the edge of the pond.

Great Blue Herons
Great Blue Herons

White Ibis Snacking

Poking and prodding anything that they can is how White Ibis feed. Most of the food is small and gets sucked in without a casual passer by seeing it.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp

This Ibis was moving in a meticulous pattern, back and forth around these tree trunks.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp

Yes, it is amazing they stay so clean looking while rooting around in the mud.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp – Who’s the Fairest?

The water is higher than usual after recent rain, but it was no deterrent  to an Ibis looking for lunch. They have no fear of what might be lurking in the depths.

White Ibis in Swamp
White Ibis in Swamp